Originally Posted by bgilland
Now I don't know how to proceed. Tranny fluid needs a change, and I know where the drain bolt is. Other posters on this forum say NOT to have the transmission fluid reconditioned but to replace it instead by emptying and replacing 3 times over a few weeks. But, it may be more of a hassle than it is worth trying to pour fluid down through some teeny tiny funnel through the dipstick tube. What was Acura thinking???
Maybe I will look and see whether it looks like I can temporarily pull that bolt/tube in order to refill and then put it back in
One of the Acura techs said you could remove that bolt and the cover and tube come off together and you could refill it that way, but it could be a pain to reassemble. I never did it that way, so I'm not sure how much would be involved or if you could really mess things up. I don't know so I would proceed with caution there. As for the 3X drain and fill, this is the recommend Honda procedure, but it doesn't have to be over a few weeks. Drain it (you'll get about 3 qts), fill it. Drive it about 20 minutes to get everything up to operating temp, and with the car running but standing still, run the shift lever through every gear position 1-5 and R a couple of times, then do the drain and fill again. Repeat one more time and you've probably replaced 80% of the fluid in there.
The good news (if you want to call it that) is that the dipstick opening is larger for the AT dipstick than the oil so it goes a *little* faster. It's not impossible to do--the key is to have patience and POUR SLOWLY. If you pour too fast it will come back up the tube and dribble out everywhere making a huge mess.